Monday, January 24, 2011

Studying and Learning in Madinah

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

There are various ways to study Arabic, Quran and Islam here in Madinah. The most famous is the Islamic University of Madinah, which takes applications from all over the world. Although there was much rumour that it only accepts students under 25 years of age, we can now say that is not true.  Construction is in progress for a brand new Women's Campus at the university, so sisters will soon be able to apply as well - whoopee!

In addition, for men who work, there are free evening classes at Islamic University for Arabic. They use the Madinah books and do all four levels.

For women, there are two main programmes for Arabic language/Quran/Islamic Studies. One place is Mount Uhud School, which takes only married women. They teach at a fast pace and the course of studies is wide, varied, and intense. They teach from Lughat Al Arabia Bayna Yadayk Books  and complete one book per semester. That means two books per year. On top of that, there are fiqh, aqeedah, hadith, and Quran memorization classes. There is a great deal of memorization of hadith and Islamic information involved and the sisters I have spoken to that attend or attended say it is difficult, mashaa'Allah. One sister said it is excellent if you already know Arabic reasonably well.

The other place, that I am attending, is Dar al Haafidhaat al Thania. It is really a tahfiz school for Quran memorization, but for years they have been teaching Arabic as well, mainly for the wives of the Jamiah students. They have Nursery, Pre-K, KG1, and KG2 classes for younger children, a special class for elementary school age girls which teaches Quran, tajweed, a bit of Arabic, and some Islamic studies, and the women's classes. There are  levels and an ordinary tahfiz programme as well. The tamheedi level teaches from the book Lughat al Arabiya Bayna Yadayk. This is for those who need to get speaking the language. They also teach some basic tajweed and, of course, Quran memorization. The first level teaches Madinah books - level 1, the second level teaches Madinah books - level 2, the third level teaches Madinah books - level 3, and the fourth level teaches the second half of Madinah books - level 3.

Everywhere, in every area, neighbourhood, or district you will find tahfiz programmes. They run in the mornings and the afternoons and are free for all. If you want to memorize Quran, every facility is available for you, mashaa'Allah.

Alternatives for learning are to learn Arabic and then study at the foot of a shaykh. Several Jamiah students have said this is a much more effective and efficient way to study. There are classes held in Masjid an Nabawi, Masjid Qiblatain, and various other locations. Dr. Muhammad Al Jibaly holds classes for teenage boys once a week. Wives of shaykhs and qualified sisters hold classes for women, also.

This is a place where it is difficult not to gain 'ilm. Rather you bump into it even when you aren't trying. Just imagine, my husband called me at Asr time to tell me that there was a lesson on Quran recitation, the rules of tajweed, being given at the little masjid by our apartment. It was on the loudspeaker, so I could even open the window and hear it, mashaa' Allah. Truly, there is no excuse not to learn and grow.

Even though my husband is teaching here, he has gained immense knowledge just from his talks with his friends who attend the Jamiah or used to attend. These are brothers who have degrees in Shariah, Hadith, Fiqh, Aqeedah, and  Da'wah. Some have Masters and some are working on their PhD's mashaa'Allah. May Allah give them tawfeeq and may we, who are so blessed to be invited to the home of our beloved Rasool, salla Allahu alahyi wa sallam,  gain all the benefit Allah is offering us from this - ameen.


  1. wow the thought of just opening your window for ilm is beautiful.

  2. Masha Allah. I really wish I was there!! What is the social life like there for women, since they cannot drive?

  3. Also, Are you homesick, is it hard to live away from your family?

  4. @Sweetlikechocolate - Yes, mashaa'Allah, it is these things that make us feel so blessed to be here. There are definitely tests in living here,but the benefits are at times overwhelming!

  5. Umm Salwaa, I'm not homesick. Home for me is both the USA and the UK. I was born in the UK and that is where my parents are. My husband's family and our friends are in the USA, so there are ties for us there as well. I miss certain things about those places and look forward to seeing my parents, hubby's family, and friends. However, with Skype, Internet, etc. we can keep in touch and see each other whenever we like. I'm very happy to be sheltered here, al hamdul'Illah.

    As for social life, I will blog a bit more about it. We have drivers...our husbands, lol! I did post about social life here a bit before, but I'll write more inshaa'Allah, in the coming days. You are really keeping my fingers busy, Umm Salwaa, LOL! Jazaaki Allahu khayran for encouraging me to do good!

  6. Awwwwwww Mai Mai(LOL)!! I am sorry for all the questions. I thought it would be a nice change to post about something else.......

  7. Umm Salwaa, LOL, it is nice mashaa'Allah! I've got lots of other things to post about actually...I just got stuck on the polygyny bookshelf because there seems to be such a demand. Soon I'll get more general posts out again, inshaa'Allah.

  8. Asalaamu alaykum wr wb, Dear Sister

    Pray your in the best of e'maan and health, family too Insha'Allah.

    If you do not mind and it is not too much trouble Insha'Allah could you please forward me your e-mail address as I have some questions to ask primarily on Hijra to al-Madina al-Munawara.

    JazakAllah khairun!

    Asalaamu aalykum wr wb

    your Brother in Islam

  9. Brother in Islam, wa alaykum as salaam wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

    Wa iyaak. I have given your e-mail address to my husband, who will contact you inhsaa'Allah. You can ask him whatever you like, inshaa'Allah. If you have any questions specifically for me, ask through him and I will respond through him. He is my curtain on the Internet.

    Barak Allahu feek, wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

  10. Okie doke, JazakAllah khairun that's fantastic!

    Yup thought so Masha'Allah, please forward me his email address so I can email you both no problem.

    Asalaamu alaykum wr wb

  11. Brother in Islam, My husband sent you an e-mail a couple of days ago. Please check your inbox and spam, inshaa'Allah.

    Wa iyaak wa alaykum as salaamu wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

  12. JazakAllah khairun, yes you was right it went to my junk folder for some odd reason.

    Just to let you know I replied a few days ago.

    Asalaamu alaykum wr wb

  13. Assalamu Aleykum dear sister,

    My future hubby and I are thinking to try to settle in a muslim land and we've thought about Saudia arabia.The problem is my husband would have a student status there, and I have a child from a previous marriage.I've heard it's really difficult to sponsor a wife if you're a student, and even harder to sponsor a step children if he's not an orphan.
    I was wondering if I could enrol in an islamic university or school from overseas and if this could grant me documents to be able to reside in Saudia?The school you're attending seems really good MASHALLAH, do they have a website?I've tried to find more about it, but couldn't.

    JazakALLAH Khair for all kind advices you could give INSHALLAH.

  14. As salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, Yes sweetlikechocolate I was thinking exactly that, wow learning about the deen with the window open and cooking, cleaning, not having to leave the house. I take it the lectures are in Arabic?

    With regards to the point um Zakarya mentions about making hijrah with children from a previous marriage, I also would like to know the answer to this question for the sake of my brother.

    Please write more, if I can't be there physically for now, I want to be there mentally. It seems for me the ideal place to be.

    Sorry did I tell you that I loved and missed you??? XxX

  15. Wa alaykum as salaam wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh Umm Zakarya.

    As I mentioned, there is the Islamic University of Madinah which will be opening up within a year (inshaa'Allah) for female students. That might be a good way of getting here without relying on an iqama through your husband. I don't know when there will be more information or applications will be taken, but it is something to look out for and consider inshaa'Allah.

    The situation for iqamas varies greatly here, so I cannot say who would or wouldn't give you an iqama. These are things that must be found out on a case by case basis from any school or employer.

    Barak Allah feeki my dear sister, and may Allah open all doors to success for you and your husband - ameen.

  16. Wa alaykum as salaam wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh my dearest Umm Abdul Karim.

    Yes, the lecture was in Arabic but it was on the rules of Quran recitation and tajweed. Mashaa'Allah, we are studying that so it was familiar language.

    As for visas, as I told Umm Zakarya it is not something I can say anything about. Standard packages at Taibah University are for the employee, their spouse, and two children. Any children over that amount will be given iqamas, but the tickets must be paid for by the employee. I think the employees hired through contract companies have a similar set up.

    On the websites for job openings, they will usually state what is included iqama and ticket wise.

    I'll try to write more inshaa'Allah; I know I'm delinquent in this area. Sorry!

    As for the love and missing me, ahhhh! I love you and miss you too, my precious twin. Big hugs and much love.

  17. Asalamu alaykum

    JazkeAllahu khair sister for your blog, it has really provided some helpful insights, into life in Madinah.

    InshaAllah we should be in Madinah in a few days time. I just wanted to know how possible it would be to get private tuition for Arabic and Qur'an, (and cost) as I have an infant and attending schools maybe a bit difficult. On the other hand do would you have any advice about how to get a trustworthy nanny for a fews hours a day?

    Lastly, would you know if and where we would be able to purchase second hand house hold items like, a fridge, stove, washing machines and air-cons?

    Wasalamu alaykum

  18. Wa alaykum as salaam wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh dear sister Anonymous.

    Although I don't have direct information or connections to Arabic and Quran teachers, I believe that SAR 500 per month is something reasonable for private tuition of an hour per day, five days a week. However, Dar al Haafidhaat ath-thania that we attend has a hadanah (nursery) for babies from 1 day old up to 4 years old. Thereafter there is a Pre-K class for 4 year olds, KG 1 and KG 2 classes. All of these take place at the same time as the women's classes, so that may be a perfect solution for you. It is very inexpensive compared to private tuition, costing SAR 50 per month for regular students, SAR 100 for a whole semester for the wives of Jamee'ah students, and SAR 50 per month for the nursery. It is incredibly cheap, mashaa'Allah AND you will have instant socialization and make those connections with other sisters.

    For all those second hand items go to the Harraaj lil Ataath - Furniture Market. There have just about everything under the sun there and you should be able to save a lot of time picking up what you need.

    Also, this is our second year using "Go" internet provider (you can get them at Al Jarir Bookstore and various other locations all around) and it has been reliable, easy, and well priced compared to other offers.

    Please drop me a line when you arrive, I'd be happy to hear from you and help you get settled, inshaa'Allah.

    Wa iyaaki wa as salaamu alaykum.

  19. Asalamu alaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatu

    JazakaAllahu khair for taking the time to give me the very nice reply.

    Alhamdulilah we are already in Saudi, visiting relatives, we should be making our way up to Madinah in the next few days InshaAllah.

    I would love to keep in contact as I have so many more questions, and it would be nice to have someone to meet in Madinah. I don't feel comfortable putting my email up. So I will leave my hubby's, which i sometimes use as well. Would you be able to shoot through an email, i would then reply using my email

    JazakeAllahu Khair

    Wasalamu alaykum

  20. ^^
    sorry sis my hubby's email is


  21. Wa alaykum as salaam wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh Anonymous.

    Got it, sent it. Wa iyaaki, ukthi!

  22. assalamu 'alayki dear sis,

    Jazaakillaahu khayran for this beneficial blog. Just wondering if you have any information re: teaching at schools in madinah for sisters. Ya3ni, do you know any primary or secondary schools located in madinah to teach? Baarak'Allaahu feeki. I look forward to your reply. Umm 'Usaamah

  23. Wa alayki salaam wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh Umm 'Usaamah.

    These three schools usually seek native speaker English teachers:

    Manaret School
    Al-Fusha Girls' School
    Al Aqeeq International School.

    Manaret is the school that has been most actively and desperately seeking teachers this year. I don't think I kept their number, but Al-Fusha has a website (I believe) and someone has a list of the international schools here with contacts. If you need more details, let me know and I'll fish around for some, inshaa'Allah.

    Wa iyaaki ukhti. It's my pleasure. Wa feeki Barak Allah.

  24. Jazaakillaahu khayran dear sis. Much appreciated.

    Do you know if any of the schools that provide work visas are close to the students jaami'ah in madinah? Also, the list you mentioned would be very much appreciated, along with contact details (i.e. address/telephone numbers) of the schools. May Allaah help you in your time of need just like you are helping your sister in need, aameen *smile*

    Umm 'Usaamah

  25. As'salam'alay'kum'Wa'rah'Matullah


    Alhamdulillah & Jazakallah Khair for this Blog....

    InsyaALLAAH,i have a few questions to ask regarding Hijrah to Madinah..

    If possible, may i request for ur Husband to send me an email pls...

    Jazakallah Khairan

    frm ur Brother in Islam

  26. Wa alaykum as salaam wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh Umm 'Usaamah

    Barak Allahu feeki wa ameen.

    Please forgive me for taking so long to respond. In fact, I cannot find the source of the list of contacts for schools here. I've been searching but Qadr Allah, it is not coming up. I imagine you know that you will need to have a bachelors degree to stand much chance of being brought in to teach on a work visa. Anything is possible, but that is the basic requirement here.

    The contacts for Al Fusha Girls School are: Ms. Noha tel: 0567866371/0506388835, owner Mr. Yousif Saiyed tel: 0505343797. They have a website though, so you could check that out.

    Here is a link to a some phone numbers of schools in Saudi Arabia. You will have to scroll through it to find the listings for Madina, but inshaa'Allah it will give you some contacts. Minaret School is on the list, along with some others.

    If I manage to find where that list of schools was circulated, I will post it here inshaa'Allah. In the meantime, I hope this helps.

    I also would recommend that you consider other places, such as Jeddah, Riyadh, etc. for teaching jobs. It is not easy at all to teach in elementary schools here, the broader your search base, the more chance of getting a job. Once you are in Saudi, it is much easier to look around for jobs in other cities, like Madinah.

    I am going to try to get one of my husband's colleagues to give us the information about the contracting firm, SBC. I'll be back with that information when I get it inshaa'Allah, and anything else I can find out.

    Wa iyaaki ukhti, inshaa'Allah I will be able to find out more and you will find success in your goals - ameen.

  27. thumma aameen! Allaah yardaa 'alayki ukhtil kareemah. I really appreciate your help and pls do forgive me for the late response.

    I ask you to remember me and all of the muslimeen in your ad'iyah.

    May Allaah bless you!
    Umm 'Usaamah

  28. Assalama'alaykom,
    MashaAllah I really like your blog sis. It is so wonderful to read. Madinah is such a peaceful city. I was there for a little over a day in 2009 (went for Umrah)and felt like I had come home for some reason.

  29. As Salaam Wa 'alaykum Ya Ukhti

    Al Hamdulillah your blog has provided me with a lot of information, JazaakAllah!!! Im planning to do hijrah Inshaa Allah with my future wife. I was wondering if you can give me your husbands email so i can ask him some questions if that would be okay? JazaakAllah!

  30. Nvm I read your recent post about the Email.

  31. salaamu alaykum sister.

    Alahmdulillah!! I have just come across your blog seeking information about life in Mecca or Madinah. may Allah reward you for taking the time out to pass on thiskind of information. It is the most helpful thing I have come across. may Allah azza wa jal reward you and your family abudently.

    I am from London and My husband is from America.

    Well I have soo many questions to ask you sis and I pray that Allah multiplies your rewards for each questions answered. ameen.

    Umm naila

  32. Asalamu alykum

    I would like to teach english in Medinah or anywhere else in the kingdom. I would really appreciate if your husband would email me on any advice or suggestions. (

    I ask Allah to bless you and your family and except all of your deeds.

  33. As salamu 'alaikum sister,

    jazakillahukhairan for the beneficial information,i wanted to know if u have more information regarding mount uhud school for sisters,it would be excellent if u have a number i can contact them with, also do u know when the enrolment period is to join? and finally when does the semester start in shawwal?


  34. Wa alaykum as salaam wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh sister Amatullah.

    The number for Mount Uhud School is 0553781802.

    They only accept married sisters, their program is aggressive, completing one book per semester (Lughat al Arabiyyah bayha Yadayk series)as well as classes to memorize ahadith, aqeedah, fiqh, etc. They no longer have a hadaanah (so sisters with babies and young children need to find an alternative), and have a strict dress code.

    As for the semester, it starts on Saturday, 10 September 2011/ 12 Shawwal 1432. That should be the first day for registration, inshaa'Allah.

    Hope that helps. Wa iyaaki ukhti.


  35. As salamu'alaikum sister,

    jzk again for the info, alhamdulillah i have been accepted there to study,today was the first day masha Allah.

    take care


  36. Assalamualaikum Sister Mai,

    I just moved to Madinah and would appreciate if I can ask you some questions about Dar al Haafidhaat ath-thania. I wanted to enroll in Uhud, but registration is now closed. What is the best way to contact you, as I do not feel comfortable leaving my email address here. InshAllah I will hear from you soon. Jzk.

  37. Sister Mai,

    Nvm, I read your post and saw that I can email you here I hope you still check this account as I will be sending you an email shortly. Jzk

  38. Hi,I just would like to know is that possible to bring your family over al Medinah with you?or do they have to wait couple of months?how long it takes to get visas when you accepted to Taibah university,thanks.

  39. as salaamu alaykum Anonymous.

    If you are employed by Taibah University or any other government institution, then you have to bring your family with you when you travel here to work. The visa process is rather unpredictable and can take from 1 - 4 months.

    If you are employed by a sub-contractor to teach here, then you will not be able to bring your family with you initially. You will have to come and complete the probation period. You can expect it to take at least 3 months to get the family here...or longer.

    Hope that helps.

  40. Aleyna ve Aleykum salaam ve Rahmetullahi ve Berekatuhu Main to extreme.
    First of all, thanks for your coordial respond to my questions,I also got a respond from the University Reqruitment unit,they would held an interview soon after the eid al adha,but later on they told me they would contact me in March...I hope I could get a good news from there,I had been in Al MEDINAH for Umrah couple of months ago...but I hadn't been there for a long time,If I get an offer from the TU we'r gone move from Canada to over there...I just wonder is that easy to find an accomodation over there,how is the education for kids like Grade 2 and JK level? is that easy to find an ESL Instructor position for a woman? I just spoken to my friend who has been working there,the university is sometimes not in well organized,it scared me little bit...but we would like to move there for the sake of Allah(C.C)and Resulullah(S.A.V) maybe we could face to some difficulties,but it is worth it...I hope we could get an invitation from Resulullah(S.A.V) too...

  41. Also I forgot to ask,if we relocate over there how could we settle down at the beginning?,Is University provide a guest rooms for families or do we need to arrange an accomodation for ourselves before we come.what are the options?,if you could answer all those questions,I'll be really appreciate it,Thanks.

  42. Taibah has temporary accommodation that they usually place families in for a week or two until they find an apartment. It is relatively easy to find apartments here using an estate agent and through word of mouth. Depending on the size of your family, we know of a couple of different accommodations that will be coming available very soon. Usually other staff members are helpful in giving information of apartments and estate agents they found good.

    Inshaa'Allah, you will make it to Madinah fi sabeel l'Illah.

  43. hi my name is Raheel Arshad from Pakistan.
    I m doing Computer System Engineering(BEng) from uk, and in last year. And now after that I want 5o apply for study or work in Al-harm Al Masjid Nabvi can you tell me the proper way that how can I apply.plz

  44. @ Raheel, as salaamu alaikum. Congratulations on almost completing your degree. Unfortunately, We only know about the English teaching field. Sorry, we couldn't be more helpful. Insha'Allah, you will find someone with the knowledge to assist you.

  45. Thank you very much Main to Extreme,I appreciate for your valuable information,If something more come to my mind maybe I could ask you,thanks once again for the information...

  46. Assalamualaikum warahmatullah, I'm Nizam from Malaysia. I have question on how can I study in Madinah, FYI I'm 30 years old, still single and posses diploma in IT. Currently I'm working and my intention, end of this year, I will apply for studying lughah Arabiah (diploma/degree) in Madinah. Do you have any idea or can you give me some advice to make this things happen? And also I need to estimate how much expenses should I spent annually including all university fees for this purposes, seek your assistance on this matter. May Allah bestow His mercy on you all for all hard work given. Jazakumullah khairan kathira, wassalam.

  47. assalamu alaikum a business studies graduate from india and and is on the way to be among haafizul quaran..completed half of the holy quaan...may i knw wheather der any possibility for me to carryon both stream of studies @city of rahmathullilaalameen...and willl be happy to know the living expenditure may please guide me to doz aspects on

  48. Assalam o alaikum

    Thank you for helping us all. May Allah bless you and your family in this world and hereafter for your efforts and informative advice.

    I have two requests for which I need your help/assistance. Firstly, we have relocated to Madinah al munawara almost a year ago. Since that time I have such an engaged life with my 2 and 3 yr old children that I hardly get time to socialize after household chores and taking care of our children. After having lived in KSA for 4 yrs now I still can't speak let alone understand basic arabic language. KIndly inform me abt any arabic language teaching institute. Secondly,I utterly need a house maid/helper part-time /full time. We have contacted the employment agencies and been informed that we cannot sponser a house maid since we are expats and neither is my husband adocter or an engineer which only qualify.

    Please help...I spend all day at home and miss even going to haram often...

    JazakAllah khair

  49. Asslamu alaykum sis,

    Noticed that you said last year that the islamic university of madinah may be opening a sisters centre, do you have any more news about this?

    Jazakillahu khair :)

  50. Wa alaykum as salaam wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh Umm Jayyid.

    There are no new developments, aside from construction work perhaps, on the Womens' Section of the Islamic University so far. Qadr Allah, mashaa fa'al. When something finally happens, I will write a new post about it inshaa'Allah.

    Wa iyaaki :)

  51. Thanks for your quick response,

    Jazakillahu khair for all your beneficial posts, May Allah accept them.

  52. Assalam-u-alaikum

    Masha-allah your blog is very imformative,
    My family is seriously thinking of coming to Madinah, but the ONLY thing that seems to be a pothole in our way is education, We have 3 kids in our house aged 5-13 and I can't seem to get any good information about education in Madinah from anywhere else on the internet. We came from Chicago to Pakistan, and now we want to go to Madinah for securing our place in one of the Holiest places on earth. Now, our kids can't speak Arabic at all, only English and Urdu, can you point out any good schools with their fees? I would appreciate it very much.

    Jazakillahu khair

  53. Dear.Brothers In Madina(Almunawara). for the past twenty five years I have been trying to live in madina. 1984 I apply for the Islamic University of madina but did not get it. I applied again in 1986 and 1994 but also did get it. in 2004 the Reprasantive of the University came to Denver Colorado in USA looking for students. I talked to them but they told me that I was too old now to apply and that they were looking for young and converts.
    the only choice left for me now at 50 years old is to go to Madina and try to live. any Idea us to how I could get a Iqama(or Permit) to stay

  54. As salaamu alaykum brother.

    If you have a Master's Degree you can apply to work and teach English. This is a secure way of residing in Madinah. Other than that, I don't know. Some people do manage to come here on business visas, but it requires a Saudi partner and many other requirements that I am not familiar with. Truly, to come and live here, one needs to have work if, as in your case, they are too old to get accepted at the Islamic University.

    May Allah reward you for your intention and bless you in your efforts - ameen.

  55. assalamualaikum. thank you for the information. are there any short courses for quran recitation, tahfiz and hadith memorization class? courses that I could complete in 4 months time. im really interested to travel to madinah and learn these things. however, im only free during summer months as Im a student. Thus, it would be great if u could tell me where can i find these courses. Thank you in advance. :)

  56. Asalamu Calaykum Wr Wb Sister

    My question is, is it 100% sure that University Of Madinah is opening a
    women´s branch? because I´m finishing High School 2015 Inshallah same time as my brother.
    And every blog I visite they write that maybe only maybe opening a women branch. My brother and I want to in rule The Kingdom and University Of Madinah together InshaAllah :-).

    And regarding the article about the Saudis having prejudices towards the dark skin people. I´m from Africa do you think there is going to be any problems if I come to The kingdom and my brother to because I could wear a Niqab but my brother

    Wa Bilahi Tawfiq

    1. Wa alaikum as salaam. The sisters' program has been postponed indefinitely.

  57. i am interested to know if there is any institute in either Madina or Makkah to accept sisters without any mehram?

    I am not married and my father can not move with me in Saudia as he has job here so can you please let me know any way i can get admission in any institute in Makkah/Madina to gain Islamic knowledge.

    I so want to come to that holy place to gain Islamic knowledge,

    please help me and i will be extremely grateful for all the help you can provide.

  58. Jajakallah khair for the post


    can you give me the number tel to the schools so that I could go with my young children, I want to learn Arabic and the quran

    and please where is the course given by the women of Sheikh

    are you still there?

  60. Respected Madam / Sir,

    I am interested in the position. I am holding Software Engineering Degree BSc-IT, Microsoft Certification MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional), Microsoft Certification MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) and Master Degree MBA specialization in Business Administration and Information System.

    Since last more than 10 years, I am engaged in teaching profession and presently I am working as a Faculty/Lecturer of BCA and BBA students and teaching Computer Science, Information Technology and Business Management in a well reputed Institute NICT, New Delhi, which is affiliated with Sikkim Manipal University, a renowned University in India. I am sincerely involved with dedication and giving counseling, guidance and lectures to BCA and BBA students.

    Since, August, 2007, I am teaching Computer Science to DOEACC ‘O’ Level students, which is a very prestigious Computer Course run by the Ministry of Communications & IT, Government of India. I am educating students using Methodical Plan of Lectures, Debates and Practical PC Presentations in Lab.

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  61. Assalaamu alaykum dear sister. Your blog is like a ray of sunshine to me. I had great hopes to study the deen in the islamic university of Madinah so you can imagine my dissapointment when I found out they are yet to have a female section. However I feel so relieved now to know there are still many opportunities to keep on learning. May Allaah assist us in our quest to please Him. Shukran yaa ukhtee azeezah.

  62. Asalamu Alaykum sister, I am a Muslim women and 15 years old. I live in the USA and graduating this summer. with my diploma inshaAllah. I also plan to move to Saudi Arabia and enroll in Medinah university. it is 2014 do you know if they have opened a women's campus yet? Please inform me ASAP. JazakaAllah

    1. Wa alaykum ussalaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh sister.

      Qadr Allahu wa maa shaa fa'al, all plans for having a women's campus at the Islamic University in Madinah are shelved indefinitely. Perhaps you could look at Umm al Qura in Makkah. They have both male and female courses, although I don't know what the situation is of you coming to Saudi Arabia without a mahrem to study.

      Wa iyyaaki, sister. May Allah open the paths to beneficial knowledge for you where it is best for you - ameen.

    2. I have now changed my mind, I will be enrolling in Umm al Qurawith my brother who is my mahram, this summer while I visit Mecca for U'mra. I have a few questions though:
      1. How are the living conditions: Do siblings that are bothers and sisters live with each other? Or do women have heir own campus and men have theirs?
      2. Do siblings or reletivs that attend the university see each other and how often?
      3. Do all departments have facilities for both genders, like The Department of Aqidah (Faith)?


    3. Sister, You need to go online and learn about the application process for Umm al-Qura. It is not a simple matter of enrolling and then going as you wish. They have a selection process, criteria for who they take first, second, first, etc. and a long waiting list. I have friends who waited over three years to hear that they might be accepted the following year!

      Here is a link:

      Know that there is no co-ed living accommodation in such places. The women's accommodation is separate from the males, as are the places o study.

      Not all departments have courses of study for women, but Islamic sciences are comprehensive I believe. Please note, however, that aqeedah is belief, not faith. Faith is emaan.

      I strongly recommend you search the site for as much information as possible and then look for blogs or information from people who attend so you can have a clearer idea of the whole set up inshaa Allah.

      Barak Allahu feeki! May Allah grant you success.

    4. Aslamu Alaykum, thanks for your kind words and assistance.
      Which process of enrollment would give me a better chance of getting accepted. Electronically or an interview at the University? Do you think that I should stay here at America and send my application? Or visit Mecca and get an interview there? If I do take an interview, should I have my applications and required documents ready? If do the interview, will it take months or even years for them to accept me, or will they decide while I am there with my Visa? I have read the websites that you gave me but I am still confused.
      May Allah reward you for your time.

    5. Wa alaykum assalaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
      I suggest you apply online so that you have it in as soon as possible. While I don't know what their waiting list looks like, it is not usual for any university to tell you at the interview that you are accepted, and here in Saudi Arabia the process is slower than in the West. There is no guarantee that you can even get an appointment for an interview in person. You will have to wait sister, and even with straightforward cases of applicants from the US or UK, it takes almost a year minimum to know if you are accepted and another few months at least to start. Some applicants are passed by the first year and accepted the following. Go ahead and apply from the States and see what happens after that inshaa Allah.

      Hayaak Illah, sister.

    6. Asalamu Alaykum, I have decided to submit my application online, but I haven't yet gotten my diploma since I am still in high school. Do you think that if I send a letter of confirmation saying that I will graduate this year, instead of sending my diploma, will they accept my application? Or will they only accept people who have a diploma.
      May Allah grant you Jannah for your help!!

    7. Wa alaikum as salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. As far as I know, you must have your diploma in hand for your application to be accepted. Also, there's a waiting list if you're accepted. For example, the students that were accepted for September 2013 haven't arrived yet. They won't be here until 2014 or 2015. Also understand, even though a university accepts an application, it doesn't mean they will accept you. May Allah give you what's best in this life and the next.

  63. Inshallah working at tq college in madinah soon, does anyone know where I can find a reliable nanny ???what is your experience of Al fusha and manaret school?

    1. As salaamu alaykum Umm Abdullah.

      You are the second sister I have heard from within a week that is going to work for TQ College. All kinds of alarm bells are going off in my mind hearing of sisters coming to work here without their families or with children who will have to be cared for and schooled by others. I don't know of any nannies and to be honest, all I know of in these countries is people having housemaids who are left to tend to the children. I would venture to say you'd be better off finding one of the many stay at home mothers here and asking her to watch your children while you work and Allah Knows best. Otherwise, you will either have to check with an agency (those that bring in maids, etc.) or find out by word of mouth, for local people. Be careful though, as many of those who are "around" to be hired locally do not have iqaamas and are here illegally.

      As for schools, I have intentionally had nothing to do with them since leaving Al Fusha in 2010. Other information was gleaned from unqualified sisters who work for Manaret and one sister who put her son in the school. My personal feeling is that whatever school you send your children to will produce problems with manners, bid'ah, language (except Al Fusha), attitude, and turn your children into toxic junk food and chemical laden candy addicts. Perhaps from the language aspect I would say that you will have a better outcome from Al Fusha, but for everything else I cannot recommend or advise any school.

      Sorry, I feel like I've been no help at all and sound negative. It is certainly not my intention, but I must be honest...because truly my advice IS sincere fee sabeel Illah.

      Barak Allahu feeki and may Allah grant you success in this life and the aakhirah - ameen!

  64. Jazakallah for your good intentions. What kind of difficulties do you think I could face ? is it safe for a single woman with two boys, 8 and 4, to live? can I visit the holy places without a mahram ? do you know anything about TQ college ? by language, do you mean my children have a good chance to learn fluent classical Arabic at Al-Fusha ? what is their fees ? do you know the names of any local nanny agencies or ex-pat mums willing to assist ? sorry sister for the long list of questions, but there doesn't seem to be any other internet source with this information. Would be good to contact sisters at TQ college. Your assistance is much appreciated. I'm nervous, but relying on my duas.

    1. Wa iyyaaki my dear sister.

      I had to go online and find the advertisement for the TQ College to see what you would be coming into. I understand they will give you accommodation near the college, so I am assuming that you will have transportation provided as well. As they are only bringing in women on a single status visa, it isn't likely that anyone of your colleagues will be able to take care of your children, unless the shifts vary enough to allow that.
      I think it is important to understand that not being able to drive here is a HUGE issue, as is schooling if you are a single parent and have children of opposite gender. No women can go to register their sons in the boys schools, and likewise men cannot go to register their girls in girls schools. You will have to get someone to do that for you. Not only that, but the younger ages that attend pre-K and KG classes, usually have to go to a girls school for such classes. It is possible that you can pay for bus service (provided by the school) for them, as long as your accommodation is on one of their routes. Yes, Arabic can be learned well at Al-Fusha...fees I no longer know, but somewhere in the range of 5,000 riyaal for pre-school classes to 8,000+ for elementary and upwards and Allah Knows best.

      As for agencies, I not only don't know, but can assure you that there are no actual nanny agencies, only agencies that bring in menial workers (maids, drivers, construction) from poor third world countries. Expat mums, Allahu aalim sister. There is a sister who has contacted me who works at the college. She has been here a couple of weeks and is here without her family. I will see if I can get you two together inshaa Allah.

      It is a big thing to move to Saudi Arabia as a single mother. I cannot begin to tell you of the frustration people feel working here...those who are married and have their families here, let alone those who are struggling on their own. There is fitna. It is not a beautiful, Islaam-filled, harmonious gathering of strong believing and practicing Muslims - although they do exist, they are not the majority. You will, if you want to do anything independently, have to take taxis with non-mahrems. You can go to Masjid an Nabawi, however you must know that going for Hajj or Umrah without a mahrem, puts you at risk for it not being accepted because having a mahrem is one of the conditions for women to go. I will put up a post about women attending Masjid an Nabawi inshaa Allah, that will make things even clearer.

      Sister, keep up your du'as and pay close attention to all the signs Allah sends you. This is a big move and it will affect you and your children in many ways. I pray Allah will Guide you with clarity to what is best.

  65. It is very important to have better understanding of Quran for women and kids, as this will give our new generation a good understanding of life. i am glad that Quran learning for kids program adr designed in home comfort.
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  66. Selamun Aleykum i will love to study fusha Arabic if its possible also islam i will love to know where is the best institutions to go in madinah not univercity we all now they except not more than 25 years old and i am way older than that thanks

  67. as-salamu alikum … kindly mention few Islamic institutes for sister in Madinah Al-Munawarah (for arabic language, fiqh or aqidah etc) and their exact location, as i’m new here. jazak’Allah khairan.

  68. Assalaamu alaukum sis I am considering to move here from another city in Saudi. Can u please provide me with an email to contact u? I have many questions lol

  69. Wa alaikum as salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. Our email address is:


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